From November 30 to December 11 in Paris, the French capital, the UN Climate Change COP 21 will take place. There, negotiators from over 190 countries will try to reach a new global agreement to address climate change. At the same time, and perhaps more strongly than ever in the history of COPs, a French coalition of organizations and social movements, and most diverse groups from many parts of the world, will carry out various activities, protests, marches, and other actions to make the solutions and voices of the people heard.Thousands of activists are expected to arrive in Paris from the most diverse countries in the world. Real World Radio will be there for a special coverage of the two-week UN negotiations and the mobilization of the peoples of the world to demand climate justice.
Truncated local livelihoods (fishing and agricultural activities), threats against security and food sovereignty, diseases over the use of agrotoxics in plantations, displacement of communities and human rights abuses, limits to the freedom of movement of local inhabitants are some of the consequences experienced by the population of certain Nigerian areas where land grabbing advances to give way to oil palm monoculture plantations. Watch video
“We have already seen that what the world leaders are going to produce is going to completely burn the planet. No matter what happens in that UN process, the peoples’ struggles continue to get stronger”, said Friends of the Earth International’s Climate Justice and Energy coordinator Dipti Bhatnagar. Watch video
“I don´t think it is possible to win the battle of climate change if we don´t address the development model. I mean, when we discuss about climate change, we are talking about how the world works. And today, this has to do especially with the power exerted by transnational corporations on many governments, imposing their own game rules”. Read more
Focusing on the efforts by Friends of the Earth International at the COP21, Real World Radio interviewed Sonja Meister, Climate and Energy campaigner of Friends of the Earth Europe, who was instrumental in organizing the People Power Action Assembly on December 11th in Paris. Read more
Real World Radio has interviewed Lucy Cadena, Co-Coordinator of the Climate Justice and Energy Programme with Friends of the Earth International, to discuss her perspective of the two weeks surrounding the COP21 and adjacent activities. According to Cadena, it is no surprise that the climate agreement was a failure. The real aim was for political leaders to see that they need to catch up with the people who have been leading this global [climate] transformation for decades. Read more
The Paris climate summit (COP21) set out to achieve two goals this year - to increase the ambition of the Pre-2020 (also part of the Kyoto Protocol); and to create climate action applicable to all countries between 2020 and 2030. The agreements that have been reached are for countries to limit their emissions to 2 °C and to help finance poor nations in cutting emissions and coping with the effects of extreme weather. Real World Radio has interviewed Asad Rehman from Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland to discuss his take on the COP21 and what it means for future climate action. Read more
The most inspiring moment of December 12 was not the adoption of the United Nations Paris agreement but the sight of more than 20,000 people on the streets, building the power of the people, demanding climate justice and an end to dirty energy. Read more
Approximately 2000 people participated on Friday in Paris, France, in the “People Power Action Assembly” organized by environmental federation Friends of the Earth International on the day the official UN talks on climate change were supposed to come to an end, which they finally didn`t. Watch video
On Thursday, the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles held in Paris, France, an assembly titled “Cooling the Planet: Frontline Communities lead the struggle” in the framework of the activities parallel to the UN COP 21 on climate change taking place in that city. There were representatives of peasant, fisherfolk, workers, indigenous people, feminists, environmental organizations, among others, who gathered to share their resistance struggles and alternatives. Watch video
La Via Campesina held on Wednesday in Paris, France, an action outside the headquarters of corporation Danone to denounce the actions by the company against peasant agriculture in several parts of the world and illustrate the damage caused by agribusiness and industrial agriculture on the planet. Watch video
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